Lost Kingdom Water Park Has Opened in El Paso

Category: Architecture

Written By: Valerie Edgren

Date: June 25, 2021

The Lost Kingdom Regional Water Park has opened in El Paso, featuring a Mayan theme.

City Representative Alexsandra Anello said although the city opened two other parks, this one is unique.

“We were able to partner with the school district to make the park more expansive, and having the Mayan theme was really special. I love the sandblasted art, the gates, the ‘bench people’ art sculptures you can sit on – it’s gorgeous. Parkhill did most of the design work, transforming it from an open field to the largest regional aquatic center in Central El Paso.”

Described as a state-of-the-art regional water park, it features Mayan influences in the designs, a water basketball court, a climbing wall, and a zero-entry pool, but the slides are popular amenities, said Capital Projects Manager Gilbert Guerrero. He added that challenges come up with every project.   

 “There are always challenges. Parkhill was instrumental in answering any questions for the contractor and giving us feedback during the construction as well. This was in a flood zone, so that was one of the challenges; we had to elevate the site so it will be safe,” he said.

The filtration system is state-of-the-art, keeping the water clean, and circulating the waters takes a lot of behind-the-scenes mechanical equipment.

The LED lighting is an added attraction in the evening.

“If someone rents the facility at night, they can enjoy that ambiance,” Guerrero said. “Some of the cabanas and features have colored lights that can be dimmed and programmed for whatever lighting you want, whether red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July or other themes.”

Parkhill designed three of the regional water parks.

“You wanted a unique, state-of-the-art water park," said El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez at the grand opening, "and you have the most recent, the best in Texas."

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